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Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters

There are 13 comments on the www.dailymail.co.uk story from Aug 28, 2009, titled Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters. In it, www.dailymail.co.uk reports that:

The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their $30 million (British Pound Sterling) supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.

It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run - enough to power more than 1,000 homes. The Met Office's HQ has now been named as one of the worst buildings in Britain for pollution - responsible for more than 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. It says 75 per cent of its carbon footprint is produced by the super computer meaning the machine is officially one of the country's least green machines.

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“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#1 Aug 29, 2009
What did they expect. A supercomuter is built for number crunching. That means electrical power and steady reliable conditioned power at that. Which leaves out wind and solar.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#2 Aug 29, 2009
Attempts to research and mitigate AGW are causing more problems that they're curing in the rush to fix the unfixable.
CFLs are another good example, I'm sure there are more.

History will grimace at mankind's vain attempts to fight Nature at the beginning the 21st century, which many people saw as a bright new future, but has turned out to be just more of the same.
Mr Giblets

India

#3 Aug 31, 2009
this useless bit of junk said we were to have a "Barbecue Summer" this year, but of course it has rained and been cold - as usual. The weather was so bad it reversed the predicted slump in holidays to Spain.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#4 Sep 1, 2009
It cost the British economy £3billion ($4.85 billion) in 2008, when it predicted a mild winter.
It's a waste of space, time and money.

“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#5 Sep 2, 2009
Mr Giblets wrote:
this useless bit of junk said we were to have a "Barbecue Summer" this year, but of course it has rained and been cold - as usual. The weather was so bad it reversed the predicted slump in holidays to Spain.
Don't blame the computer blame the moron who wrote the model. More in likely they are another one of these who believes in AGW and considered any output not supporting that to be wrong.
Glasnos

Apopka, FL

#6 Sep 2, 2009
Is this the same computer that predicted 2007 was going to be the hottest year on record ... and it turned out to be one of the coldest?.. LOL ... Shut it down ... now

On April 3, 2008 the Met made their annual UK summer forecast –“The coming summer is expected to be a ‘typical British summer’, according to long-range forecasts issued today. Summer temperatures across the UK are more likely to be warmer than average and rainfall near or above average for the three months of summer.“

On August 29, 2008 The Met reported that the summer of 2008 was “one of the wettest on record across the UK.” Here is how the Independent described the UK summer –“It has been a miserable summer for bugs as well as people….The combined effect of low temperatures and rain has presented Britain’s invertebrates with a double whammy.“
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/09/06/uks-met...

They totally blew climate prediction mere months away ... and yet claim they can make prediction years ... yay even decades away?... please...

Fun Facts

AOL

#7 Sep 2, 2009
The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold winter for the US, the National Weather Service is predicting a mild winter.

The Farmer's Almanac doesn't use a computer model, the National Weather Service does. Next May we'll have to see which prediction was closer to reality.

Is there a 'Farmer's Almanac' for Britain? If there is, what was their prediction?
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#8 Sep 2, 2009
As far as I know, the UK doesn't have an equivalent to the Farmer's Almanac. but never having been a farmer, I couldn't say for sure.
Nothing appears on google search.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#9 Sep 2, 2009
Oh, by the way, the old local Spanish farmers predicted a long hot summer for this year and they were right.
I'll have to check what they reckon will happen this winter and get back with their report.

“Denying those who deny nature”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#10 Sep 3, 2009
Earthling wrote:
Oh, by the way, the old local Spanish farmers predicted a long hot summer for this year and they were right.
I'll have to check what they reckon will happen this winter and get back with their report.
Sounds like my grandfather. He coupld predict when was going to rain within fifteen minutes and be right.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#11 Sep 3, 2009
tina anne wrote:
Sounds like my grandfather. He coupld predict when was going to rain within fifteen minutes and be right.
LOL, what's weird about that, is as you get older, it gets easier to predict rainfall, especially when the dark clouds gather, the wind gets up and your old nose smells the oncoming dampness.
Adrian in Tacoma

Kent, WA

#12 Sep 3, 2009
The only British hi tech I know of comes from 007...
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#13 Sep 3, 2009
Adrian in Tacoma wrote:
The only British hi tech I know of comes from 007...
LOL, Not 007 himself, the high tech comes from Q and his team of experts.

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